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Architecture Winners List Includes – Agora, Stadium + St. George Church

Debrecen has many unique and even award-winning buildings appreciated locally. Now, three buildings in Debrecen have finally been recognised more widely and included in the list ”30 best Hungarian buildings”, compiled by the editors of the Index and the Architects’ Forum.

Debrecen has many unique and even award-winning buildings appreciated locally. Now, three buildings in Debrecen have finally been recognised more widely and included in the list ”30 best Hungarian buildings”, compiled by the editors of the Index and the Architects’ Forum. Debrecen is the only one from the rural settlements with three buildings on the list. See the three listed buildings below:

Nagyerdei Stadium – Open, Clean and Dynamic

The Nagyerdei Stadium (Great Forest Stadium) was designed by the Bord Architect Studio.  The Studio wanted to create a futuristic stadium that was connected to a human-scale city like Debrecen and be reconciled with the extraordinary values and potentials of the landscape. The Nagyerdei Stadium became an open, clear, dynamic and flexible building with the intention of focusing on the direct experience of a live game.

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Exhibition “Kiemelés” Features the Works of Spring Exhibition Winners

Last year’s Debrecen Spring Exhibition winners can be seen in Debrecen. The Debrecen Spring Exhibition series called “Fresh Sprouts”, features paintings and graphics/photography in rotation.

Last year’s Debrecen Spring Exhibition winners can be seen in Debrecen. The Debrecen Spring Exhibition series called “Fresh Sprouts”, features paintings and graphics/photography in rotation. In 2019, we could paintings of the winners; now the exhibition provides an opportunity to get to know the activities of the award-winning graphic artists, painters and sculptors. 

The exhibition was organised for the “Hungarian Culture Day” (January 22).

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Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Kodály Philharmonia Celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen was founded in 2011 by merging the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. In honour of the 250th anniversary of the world-famous pianist, the Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen plays all the symphonies of the great classical master throughout the 2019-2020 season.

Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen was founded in 2011 by merging the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir.

BEETHOVEN 250. – III. CONCERT

11 February 2020, 7:30 PM

Kölcsey Center, Great Hall

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61st

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th

Featuring: Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

Conductor: Imre Kollár

Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806. Once Franz Clement presented it, it was seen unsuccessful and ridiculous for some decades. In 1844 by Joseph Joachim revived it and since then it has become one of the best-known violin concertos. 

The Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”, Op. 68th was completed in 1808. It contains explicitly programmatic content and it was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808 in a four-hour concert.

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Hungarian Wine Grand Prix 2019 – Exclusive Wine Tasting in Museum Déri

At the end, one red and one white wines are awarded the title “Hungarian Wine Grand Prix”.

For the fourth time, the Hungarian Wine Writers (Magyar Borszakírók Köre) evaluated the dry and semi-dry white and red wines made by Hungarian producers that their members have tasted over the past year, and based on their experience were listed on the “Super 12” list. In 2019, a total of 14 wine regions were represented on the “Super 12” list including Villány (5), Szekszárd (4); Balatonfüred-Csopak, Eger, Etyek, Tokaj (2-2).

As part of this special competition, the members of the judging panel first ranks the wines of the past five years that was considered to be “of outstanding quality and competitive in international comparison”, and then the most voted ones are tasted and scored twice by two committees. 

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Wines of Debrecen Awards for 2020

In conclusion of the 2019 Bormustra competition, a press conference will take place on January 14th to announce the award-winning wines and wineries, earning the title of “Wines of Debrecen” for 2020.

Since 2015, the city of Debrecen has held a wine competition each year, an opportunity for wineries from across the country to compete for the title of “Wines of Debrecen” with an expert panel of renowned winemakers and sommeliers who make the final decision.

For the first time, a full wine selection has been made, from sparkling wine to classic and premium wines to dessert wine, was awarded. This new concept not only marks the growing prestige of the City of Debrecen’s Wine brand but also promotes the consumption of wines so that everyone – including the wine-loving public, restaurants and foreign delegations – everyone will find a wine to please in 2020.

The “Wines of Debrecen” competition was attended by the Debrecen Bormustra TOP20 wineries, many of whom already hold prestigious titles such as “Wine Producer of the Year” or  “Winery of the Year”.

The “Wines of Debrecen” title was awarded to 

  • Classic white wine: Mátra Rhine Rizling 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Classic red wine: Szekszárd Cabernet Franc classic 2017, Mészáros Borház
  • Classic rosé wine: Szekszárd Pinot noir Rosé 2019, Takler Borbirtok
  • Premium white wine: Mátrai Paskomi Chardonnay 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Premium red wine: Villányi Franc 2017, Koch Borház, VinArt Pincészet 
  • Dessert wine: Intuition No1 Zéta édes szamorodni 2008, Holdvölgy Pincészet
  • Champagne: Tokaji Furmint Pezsgő Extra Brut 2016, Gróf Dégenfeld Szőlőbirtok
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Forest Bump

Concerts in January + February

Music transcends all languages and ages, indeed it is a universal language in its own right.

Music transcends all languages and ages, indeed it is a universal language in its own right.  While words might be lost in translation, the emotion is clearly communicated through sound and vision.  When considering what to do in January, consider than January 22nd is Hungarian Culture day, and extend the spirit of this day to the entire month of January and explore cultural differences through music.

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Speed Skating Championships

24th ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships to be held in Debrecen

Hungary’s best Track Speed Skaters will compete on ice in front of a domestic audience in January.

Hungary’s best Track Speed Skaters will compete on ice in front of a domestic audience in January. 

The Hungarian National Skating Federation organizes the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships for 2020 in Debrecen, Hungary. The event will be held at the Főnix Arena on January 24-26, 2020. 

The event gathers together the best Short Track Speed Skaters of Europe and decides the European Champions of 2020.

Short track speed skating developed from speed skating events and it is mainly practised in the United States and Canada.

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Debrecen in Winter

What to Do in Debrecen in Winter?

The of the best things about Debrecen is that many of the top things to do in the summer are even better in winter. You can do them all year round making Debrecen a great destination all year round.

Winter is full of celebration, cheering off the seasonal blues, Debrecen is no different from any other city in this regards, with Christmas and new year celebrations aplenty. However, if you are looking to take a winter break outside of the celebration period there is still much to see and do.

One of the best things about Debrecen is that many of the top things to do in the summer are even better in winter. You can do them all year round making Debrecen a great destination all year round.

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Farsangnyito Dalido

Carnival Comes To Debrecen

While adopted as a Christian tradition Carnival has its roots lie firmly in a pagan festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Dalido will be celebrated on February 11th in Debrecen.

In Christianity, the period from Epiphany or Three Kings Day (January 6) to the beginning of fasting on Ash Wednesday (February 26th 2020) is known as “Carnival”.  While adopted as a Christian tradition Carnival has its roots lie firmly in a pagan festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Carnival is a time of romance and couple pairing in Hungary, as is found everywhere at this time of year in nature.

In the villages, the tradition is for men organize balls, while the girls would give a posy to the selected lucky guy and if the feeling was reciprocated, he would put it on his hat as a public notice, an announcement at the end of the Carnival.  The essence of the ball season and dance was to announce engagement.

The carnival season begins with “Dalido” and in Debrecen this year the event held on February 11th will bring former traditions back to life, The former guild tradition revives: masters and apprentices will celebrate together.

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New Years Eve Gala

New Year’s Eve Gala Concert

In following the tradition of recent years, the New Year’s Eve Opera and Musical Gala will be held on the 4th January 2020 in Debrecen.

In following the tradition of recent years, the New Year’s Eve Opera and Musical Gala will be held on the 4th January 2020 in Debrecen.

You can immerse yourself into the atmosphere of live festive music, and the art of New Year’s Eve Celebration. 

The performers of the evening are the outstanding artists of the Budapest Operetta Theater: Mónika Fischl, Petra Gubik, Bori Kállay, Anita Lukács, Marika Oszvald, Szilvi Szendy, Gergely Boncsér, Attila Dolhai, Péter Laki, Károly Peller, and Zsolt Vadász.

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The Traditional + Modern Spa Experience in Debrecen

“Your city is perfect only if it has a spa,”said Abu Syr, Arab historian.

“Your city is perfect only if it has a spa,” said Abu Syr, the Arab historian.

A possible explanation for the origin of the word “spa” is the healing power of water. Debrecen is indeed fortunate with aplenty of spas!  Historically, the spa experience in Europe was centered on the “bath culture”, a patient would spend a few days or weeks in center like Debrecen using medicinal waters to treat or prevent certain illnesses.

In the 1950s, the spa experience was interpreted as a clinical activity but were rebranded as “beauty farms” took over later, using a variety of medicinal water therapies, along with strict exercise and diet.

Today, the modern spa experience is a pampering and pleasant stay in Debrecen and in a beautiful environment with healthy and tasty food. Water is still an important component of the spa experience, but the modern spa provides health services for body and soul.

In Debrecen, you can choose from spa treatments, “lifestyle programs”, and relaxing experiences in a wide range of spa and wellness hotels a selection of which are below.

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ice skating Debrecen

Ice skating in Debrecen

With the arrival of winter, the ice rink opens in Debrecen, in the past, ice skating was available on Gábor Oláh Street. It was a fantastic experience to skate out there in the morning sun or under the evening starry sky, or even in the snow.

With the arrival of winter, the ice rink opens in Debrecen, in the past, ice skating was available on Gábor Oláh Street. It was a fantastic experience to skate out there in the morning sun or under the evening starry sky, or even in the snow.

When the weather got really cold, winter lovers would ice skate on the frozen Békás Lake in the Great Forest Park or on the Lake “Csónakázó” (it is the lake in front of the stadium). The ice rink on Gábor Oláh Street was finally closed in 2013, after being declared outdated and not up to standard. Instead, winter sports lovers could ice skate on a track set up in front of the Great Church.

Today, we can ice skate in Jégcsarnok or in the mobile ice rink by the Stadium. 

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